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Every year, we welcome thousands of international students into our community. From top-ranked academics and groundbreaking research to powerhouse athletics and a vibrant campus community, our University offers countless opportunities to make real-world impact.

Why Choose Syracuse University?

Centered in the heart of New York state, we feature a distinctive blend of liberal arts and professional studies, meaning you’ll get to explore new perspectives and build real-world skills from day one.

Ranked among the best in the nation and classified as a premier research institution among all U.S. doctoral universities, our University is home to top programs from architecture and public affairs to entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises. No matter your passion or pursuit, you’ll be guided by some of the world’s brightest minds and best educators.

  • When you arrive on campus, a special orientation program will help you adjust to life in the U.S. Our Center for International Services provides the opportunity to participate in English conversation practice groups and attend special events to meet other students from around the world.
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Life at Syracuse University

We’re a vibrant community that supports, celebrates and champions all. From our first-year experience programs to mentoring, tutoring and study centers to the Barnes Center at The Arch, we support you with all the services needed to thrive in and beyond your Syracuse University experience.

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Clubs and Organizations

Choose from more than 300 clubs and organizations, including the Asian Students in America Club, the European Student Association, sports clubs like rugby and soccer and more.

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Living in Central New York

Syracuse’s location in the middle of New York state means easy access to Boston, Toronto and Montreal, as well as New York City. In addition to the natural beauty of the nearby Finger Lakes and Adirondacks, the City of Syracuse offers a wide range of cultural and professional possibilities.

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Degree Outcomes

Our graduates are resourceful, responsive and ready to make an immediate impact in their careers and for their communities. With career fairs throughout the year, top employers of our graduates include Amazon, Bloomberg and Lockheed Martin. Top graduate schools include Columbia University, the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University.

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Study Abroad or Away

Prepare for a global career through coursework at our learning centers in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., or study abroad through one of the University’s five overseas centers or World Partner affiliations.

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Resources for International Students

International Undergraduate Student Requirements

You’re considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or dual citizen with the U.S. or if you are not a permanent resident of the U.S.

International Student Credentials

See a full list of international student credentials.

Enrollment Options for International Undergraduate Students

International students have three enrollment options when applying to Syracuse University.

International Year One (iY-1) Program

This earned admission pathway program offers international students the opportunity to begin their first year of study in their home country before transitioning full-time to Syracuse University’s main campus.

Support Services

Our Center for International Services offers supportive services and programming to international students and their families.

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